Christopher Miller | 1 Jun 02:28 2012
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Salingaros and Mehaffy on fractals in urban design

 

An article by Nikos Salingaros and Michael Mehaffy on the importance of fractal structure for urban design, in Metropolis magazine:

http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20120528/science-for-designers-scaling-and-fractals

Christopher Miller
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J.H. Crawford | 1 Jun 07:11 2012

Re: Salingaros and Mehaffy on fractals in urban design

 


thanks, food for CFT. J.

At 2012-05-31 20:28, you wrote:
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>Christopher Miller
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Richard Risemberg | 1 Jun 07:11 2012
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June Issue of Sustainable City News

The June issue of Sustainable City News is online now! This month we feature:

The East Bay Development Ballet
http://sustainablecitynews.com/eastbayballet.html
Preparations are being made in Oakland and Berkeley to capture the next wave of development. Across from
San Francisco, the cities on the "sunny side of the bay" are in the midst of a series of planning efforts to
promote sustainable development and improve transit options. Some efforts are complete, some are in
process, while others are just getting started. Taken cumulatively, they could significantly change
the fabric of these cities' urban cores. But the results--so far--have been decidedly mixed.

In Downtown They Say, "What Housing Crash?"
http://sustainablecitynews.com/walkablehoods.html
There's been no shortage of news over the past five years about the real estate crash. Real estate values,
long on the upslope, have been coming down. And that, analysts say, is changing a nation of homeowners to
renters. This is a simplification, however, and in many neighborhoods, real estate values continue to rise.

High-Speed Dithering
http://sustainablecitynews.com/rr71.html
Even a cursory glance at the news of the last two years reveals an inordinate degree of blithering and
dithering over high-speed rail in the US—and especially in California. Some states have even, in a fit
of anti-Federalist pique, returned high-speed rail grants—while other states have snapped them up
forthwith. But even within states that are committed to HSR, controversy still rages. Controversy over
financing, over feasibility, even over philosophy...

Walking the Walk, Stepping on Toes
http://sustainablecitynews.com/walkthewalk.html
Slate Magazine has recently published a four-part feature on "The Crisis in American Walking." Why do
people walk so little? Why is walking given so little importance by urban planners and politicians?

Plus hundreds of archived articles, our blog, reviews, weather, an dmore!

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Richard Risemberg | 7 Jun 18:45 2012
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Denver Developments

 

There's a fresh blog post on developments in Denver, Colorado, on Sustainable City News now, at:

http://www.newcolonist.com/vox/archive/00001378.html

While much of Denver out-LAs Los Angeles, there are some really interesting things happening that make me think it's way ahead of La-La Land in preparing for post-oil future--and a convivial urban present.

We had but a short time there, but did look around a good bit and get some photos, so take a look!

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    J.H. Crawford | 8 Jun 02:27 2012

    tipping point

     


    WASHINGTON — The continental United States experienced the warmest
    spring on record this year, with temperatures far above the average
    over the past century, government scientists said Thursday.

    The United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii and overseas territories,
    had an average temperature of 57.1 degrees Fahrenheit (13.9 Celsius)
    from March through May, 5.2 degrees (2.9 Celsius) above the average
    from 1901 to 2000, the data showed.

    "Spring 2012 marked the largest temperature departure from average of
    any season on record for the contiguous United States," the National
    Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement.

    This year's spring was up 2.0 degrees (1.1 Celsius) from the previous
    warmest spring in the United States which was recorded in 1910, the
    agency said.

    More:
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      Richard Risemberg | 13 Jun 04:29 2012
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      More Americans Driving Less

       

      Yet another article on the drop in driving by Americans (and Brits), with the added observation that policymakers are "oblivious" to these fundamental changes and continue to plan for endless increases in VMT:

      http://t.co/epG5zB2p

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        Richard Risemberg | 18 Jun 04:55 2012
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        Obesity and sustainability

         

        UK researchers calculated the effect of obesity on the earth, concluding that if all the world's present population were as fat as Americans, it would add up to the equivalent drain on resources of an extra billion people.

        Digging further, they correlated obesity with the prevalence of driving. To wit:

        > "One of the most important determinants of average body mass index is motor verhicle gas consumptrion per capita. So, it is no surprise to see many of the Arab countries in the list - people eat but they move very little because they drive everywhere."

        Full article:

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18462985

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          J.H. Crawford | 20 Jun 14:18 2012

          Piscataquis Village web site on line

           
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          Richard Risemberg | 23 Jun 03:00 2012
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          July Issue of Sustainable City News

          The July issue of Sustainable City News is online now, covering:
          
          Minneapolis and the Road to Bikesharing
          http://sustainablecitynews.com/TCniceride.html
          We headed to the Walker Art Center. It seemed like walking was too far, and figuring out the bus in time would
          take longer than the Walker would be open. So we hailed a cab. Just then we noticed the bike sharing program.
          It was the last cab ride of the weekend. No longer pressed for time, we did walk back to the downtown hotel
          from the Walker, taking the free downtown bus a few of the blocks. From then on our tour was by bicycle.
          
          Ten Ways to Declare Independence from Oil
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          This is the month when the US celebrates its independence from its former colonial masters in old England in
          1776. While we are no longer in thrall to Mad King George, our addiction to cars and sprawl keeps us
          straitjacketed in a tangle of pollution, congestion, loneliness, and an endless round of payouts to the
          Big Three, Big Oil, and the Road Lobby. Here are ten ways you can break the habit and begin to declare
          Independence from Oil and the relentless taxes it imposes on our bodies, souls, and pocketbooks.
          
          What Would George Say?
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          Imagine if George Washington had thrown a plastic cup overboard while crossing the Delaware River in 1776?
          That cup would eventually have floated out into the Atlantic Ocean, and would still be out there
          today—over 230 years later.
          
          Front Range Foray: Denver and Its Suburbs
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          As wildfires, reinforced by global-warming-nurtured heat waves, march seemingly at will through
          Colorado this week, and parts of Colorado Springs are under evacuation orders as houses burst into flame
          on the nightly news, it is perhaps a good time to study the contrasts in development offered by the nearby
          Denver region
          
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